Anderson Mori to launch foreign law joint enterprise

Japan foreign law joint enterpriese

The registered foreign lawyers at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune who are qualified in the US, the UK and mainland China will be appointed into partnership through a foreign law joint enterprise. The measure launches on 1 January 2021 to strengthen the firm’s cross-border capabilities.

Following the launch, the official firm name in Japanese will change to “Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Gaikokuho-Kyodo-Jigyo”, but the English name will remain Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

This joint enterprise will enable Japanese lawyers and registered foreign lawyers to establish an equal partnership and support each other to provide better support to a wide variety of cases.

A spokesperson for the firm said that the move demonstrated the firm’s “strong commitment to eliminate any remaining barriers between Japanese lawyers and the designated registered foreign lawyers, and to further establish ourselves as a truly global, diverse and inclusive organization”.

The firm will also actively recruit talented foreign-qualified lawyers who are passionate about building bridges between Japan and the rest of the world, to strengthen and enhance its cross-border practice.

The foreign law joint enterprise has been regulated in Japan’s Act on Special Measures concerning the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers, which was amended last May to promote the use of international arbitration in Japan and to meet the increasing demand for foreign law services in the country.